Greater Burlington YMCA Honors Howard Center

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BURLINGTON, Vt.- The Howard Center, a Burlington-based non-profit, was awarded by another local non-profit Wednesday.

At its annual meeting, the Greater Burlington YMCA gave the Howard Center an award to recognize its years of service, and its impact in the community.

“Each day, Howard Center’s compassion and commitment to improve the well-being of all in our community changes thousands of lives,” said Y President and CEO Mary Burns. “The Greater Burlington YMCA, time and time again, has witnessed the immeasurable impact of Howard Center’s work.”

The Y and Howard Center have had a long-standing partnership. Burns says she did not remember a time that the two organizations did not collaborate during her 29 years with the Y.

Howard Center caseworkers have made regular use of the Y to help their clients. In 2014 alone, Howard Center clients used the Y locations in Burlington and Winooski 1,528 times.

A partnership between the YMCA and the Howard Center to help at-risk youth had its first full year in 2014 as well. Two Howard Center staff members provide therapeutic child care services at the Y.

“Our partnership with the YMCA childcare program allows us to support children in a therapeutic environment,” said Liz Mitchell, Assistant Director of Early Childhood Programs at the Howard Center. “Howard Center early childhood clinicians and interventionists partner with YMCA teachers to encourage children to experience success, stability, and a sense of belonging.”

The Greater Burlington YMCA presented a plaque to the Howard Center. Its inscription noted the non-profit’s “dedication to mission and what they teach us all about the value of each and every member of our community.”

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